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Why hidden salt destroys your health faster than sugar


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Salts have always attributed magical properties. To scatter is a bad omen; it oversalt means that it has fallen in love. In a sense, what she does with a person is really like black magic. People who abuse salt, get fat, they have bags under the eyes, develop heart disease and even stomach cancer. But did you know that you eat a lot of salt, even if you do not salt the food on purpose?

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What is hidden (added) salt

The danger does not come from the domestic salt shaker, the added salt is to blame. It is found in processed foods: bread, sausage, cheeses, convenience foods, sauces, canned food, and fast food. In the usual sandwich with sausage - the daily rate of salt. In a slice of pizza weighing 100 g - 50%. Salad salad with a spoon of soy sauce - got another 40%, writes

If you see “sodium chloride”, “monosodium glutamate”, “sodium nitrite”, “sodium benzoate” on the package, you should know that this is added salt. It is used to prevent the growth of bacteria, prolong shelf life and improve taste, it causes your body to work against itself and destroys life.

Makes you have more

Have you ever eaten a pack of salted nuts at a time? The hand itself stretches - it is impossible to stop. Salt masks the taste of fat, so we overeat. The body ceases to perceive the signals of saturation - just threw the packaging from under the burger, but still hungry. Because of this, the total calorie intake per day increases, and as a result - your stomach, legs or butt.

Provokes kidney stones

The more salt you eat, the higher the likelihood of stones. An excess of sodium enhances the natural leaching of calcium from the bones. Therefore, salts accumulate in the urine — oxalate or calcium phosphate. From them grow crystals, which then turn into stones. This type of stones is found in 80% patients. What is their horror? A small stone can pass to the bladder itself. Large - stuck on the road in the ureter. The musculature begins to contract to push through urine, but it cannot come out. Because of this, kidney colic begins - unbearable pain in the lower back, stomach, side or groin. Stones are more common in men and in children. The reason is the change in food habits - we began to eat a lot of processed foods, which means more sodium.

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Increases pressure

Remember how Harry Potter “fooled” Aunt Marge, who was rude to him? During dinner, her body suddenly began to swell. The jacket burst, buttons screamed with a whistle, she pouted like a balloon, and almost burst. Similar things happen when you eat foods with added salt. Sodium retains water in the body - the amount of fluid around the cells increases, the blood vessels swell and thicken. The volume of circulating blood increases - it begins to press on the arteries with force. Aunt pumped out, but for a real person it can end in tragedy. Excess salt leads to the development of hypertension, respectively, increases the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.

Causes stomach cancer

Added salt increases the risk of stomach cancer. The International Cancer Research Foundation considers canned food - meat, fish and vegetables - especially dangerous. Studies have shown that people who regularly ate these foods were sick more often. Sodium irritates the gastric mucosa. Inflammation may occur, which leads to changes in the cells.
In addition, salt is an ideal breeding ground for the bacterium Helicobacter pylori - medicine has proven its role in the development of cancer.

How to protect yourself from added salt?

  • Remember the recommended rate: 2300 mg of sodium per day - a teaspoon. Cardiologists advise even less - 1500 mg.
  • Carefully read the labels. Salt is hidden behind different names.
  • Try to buy less processed foods - instead of sausage and canned food, choose meat, fish or poultry.
  • If possible, buy fresh and frozen vegetables and fruits - these are sources of potassium. Potassium lowers blood pressure.
  • Experiment with spices and spices: pepper, turmeric, paprika, basil, oregano - they improve the taste of dishes without salting.
  • Cooking in a pressure cooker allows you to use even less salt.
  • Dress up salads with balsamic vinegar, lemon juice or vegetable oil - soy sauce and other popular dressings contain added salt.

Salt - like any other food - is not an unambiguously bad choice. For example, you can successfully use it in everyday life and even as a beauty ingredient. We tell how to clean house, clothes and body with salt.

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